My Life as an Eating Psychology Coach: Mónica del Valle
What made you want to become an Eating Psychology Coach?
Forty-four years struggling with weight and body image in which no matter what I did I was always thinking that the goal was “almost there” but “failing” at the end… gaining and losing between 30 and 40 pounds, always feeling that there was something wrong with me, though at the same time deep inside knowing that there had to be another way of approaching these issues.
When I found IPE I felt heard, seen, acknowledged, honored… and I had the desire to do the same for others who are going through the same pain and suffering.
What do you love about being an Eating Psychology Coach?
I really appreciate being able to bring together my previous training as an Archetypal Psychotherapist and ground it in something of everyday life that is so relevant and meaningful to so many others and, obviously, to me. And I love to be able to witness the relief and hope people feel when I start explaining to them that they are not wrong, nor do they have a problem, that it is a message from their souls that is asking for attention.
What does your practice look like?
I see women (this is the way it has happened) who are in a crisis (different kinds of crisis), In person (by phone if they are traveling or need to stay at home that day).
Now I am preparing online courses, which will be ready in January 2017, focusing on something I have called (in Spanish) Nourishing Psychology.
How did your education at the Institute prepare you to work successfully with clients?
It gave me solid foundations in all the areas that the program covers. I feel I have the “authority” to talk about different issues and bring them together in people’s benefit. But mainly it gave me the spiritual perspective, the focus on “that” which will take me beyond myself, so I can inspire my clients in the same manner. In James Hillman’s words: I am “making soul”.
What was your favorite aspect of the Training?
For the “knowledge” itself I would say the downloadable audios (which I keep listening to) were the best of all. The staff support gave me a sense of being taken care of and being a real person, not only “a student who paid”. Despite I don’t participate frequently in the FB forum, it is great to know that there is a support net. I read the posts and the answers and it is a wonderful sense of community.
How has being an Eating Psychology Coach impacted your professional life/financial well-being?
I found my passion… my bliss in terms of Joseph Campbell’s.
I feel more confident and with the enthusiasm and determination to share what I know and what I am with the world. I have been in this place of struggle and pain, so I am honest and congruent in my approach. And, as I can be of service to others, my well-being is assured.
How has being an Eating Psychology Coach impacted you personally?
Now I trust in myself and in life… I trust in the process…
I learned to listen to, to pay attention to my body as a reality in itself, and also as a spokesperson of my soul.
During the training I still wanted to control things and prove to others that I had made the right decision spending so much money, and despite Marc’s words I was anxious and gained like 15 pounds.
Then I “knew” I had to share with others what I learned, but also I had to do myself, what I was sharing…
In September 2015, I gathered eight friends and had ten 3-hour sessions that included a talk I delivered, meditations, and homework. I did the work with them… I stopped worrying about my weight and body image, I started to pay attention to the foods that were friendly with my body, I listened to what my body needed in terms of rest, pleasurable movement (never again “exercise”), hydration… I started feeling more comfortable in my skin…
Ah! In 9 months I lost 30 pounds, which I haven’t gained back (for the first time in my life)… So I now consider myself “a living proof” that it works!
What do you see for yourself in your future as an Eating Psychology Coach – where is your work evolving towards?
As I want to reach many people, I see myself delivering talks and organizing seminars as well as preparing online courses. On the other hand, I know that if only ONE person has a change as I did, that will be enough satisfaction for me. So even if I am directing my message to many, I am talking to one.
Why Would You Recommend the Training to Others?
Because the world needs as many of us as possible. We need to give a new, soulful perspective to these “problems”. We need to stop, or at least (in the beginning) lessen or counteract, the impact of those toxic beliefs that have trapped so many people into a life of misery and suffering
Anything else you’d like to share?
It is a life changing experience, especially by helping us to step out from the “victim” role, inspiring us to be in charge of our lives with love and responsibility, and by giving us the awareness of the importance of being in service to others.
NAME: Mónica Del Valle
BIO: Mónica Del Valle is a Jungian-Archetypal psychotherapist with a private practice in Mexico City.
She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology by Pacifica Graduate Institute in California, and her Certificate as an Eating Psychology Coach by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating in Colorado, in 2015. She is currently developing online courses.
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